Community News

Inner Wheel Club of Grafton – during COVID-19 lockdown

On May 5 Grafton held a virtual Cancer Council morning tea fundraiser in our own individual homes with some members chatting to each other via the telephone whilst enjoying a morning cuppa.

The Inner Wheel Cord Blood Research Foundation has benefited from a generous donation from our Mah Jong ladies who played weekly (until restrictions) and put their spare gold coins into a kitty to add to an annual donation to this worthy cause.

A group of members have just resumed weekly exercise classes held outdoors at President Bev’s home with social distancing in place.

With the small numbers in our Club we were recently able to gather at a local venue for a lunchtime Club Changeover with many of our members continuing in the same roles as previously held; we thank President Bev Wheelahan for once again taking the helm of our wonderful Club. 

Donations were made to the Westpac Helicopter Service and Mend and Make Do; a local non-profit organisation who support the homeless and at-risk community members in northern NSW and south east QLD.

Friday June 26 saw Club members take a picnic lunch to the small community of Nymboida to see firsthand how a generous grant from the National Inner Wheel Bushfire Fund will be spent regenerating the riverbank, building a camp kitchen and children’s playground and replanting local’s gardens after the devastating fires of late 2019.

A grant was also allocated to Ewingar Hall to renovate their community hall kitchen which was used as a hub for the area also during the bush fires.

A special mention must go to Past President and Past District Chairman Alison Banks for her tireless efforts in securing submissions which resulted in the allocation of these funds for urgent work in our local area.


Jean Tully